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11/09/2013: PHILIPPINE CONSULATE-ON-WINGS FLIES TO ALASKA'S "EMERALD ISLE"

Fresh off the plane, consular personnel set up their stations as an applicant waits to be served.

A team from the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco flew out to Alaska’s “Emerald Isle”, Kodiak, Alaska, from September 7 to 8 to offer consular services to kababayans there under the Consulate’s annual Consulate-on-Wheels/Wings (COW) Program.

The four-person team, headed by Consul Reichel Quiñones, extended consular services to over 200 people over the two-day outreach, processing 208 passport applications, 24 notarial documents and civil registry reports, and 23 applications for reacquisition of Philippine citizenship.

Consul Quiñones leads dual citizenship applicants in swearing an oath of allegiance to the Philippines.

Filipinos in Kodiak expressed their appreciation for the COW program, which significantly reduced the processing time and cost for availing themselves of consular services from the main consular office in San Francisco. The average cost of a typical round-trip ticket from the Alaskan island to San Francisco is about $1,200.

The consular team expressed its thanks to the Filipino-American Association of Kodiak, which has spearheaded local efforts to coordinate consular outreaches to the island for the past five years. Through its efforts, the Consulate has been able to conduct regular annual outreaches to Kodiak to attend to the consular needs of Filipinos living and working there.

The consular team (Back Row: Mr. Ronnie Ferrer, 3R;  Ms. Onnie Palisoc, R; Front Row: Mr. Leo Sarion, 2L) with the volunteers from the Filipino-American Association of Kodiak. Ms. Mary Guilas-Hawver, the current President, is seated in the front row, 4L.

The Philippine Consulate in San Francisco, through its COW Program, conducts regular annual outreaches to various locations in the ten states under its jurisdiction: Alaska, Northern California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Northern Nevada, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

For more information on upcoming Consulate-on-Wheels outreaches, or to search for a COW coming to your area, visit http://www.philippinessanfrancisco.org/philippines-sf/consular-outreach-sf/ or follow the Consulate’s Facebook page on http://www.facebook.com/PCGSF.